New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard conceded his side need to boost their fitness following a draw with Bohemians on Wednesday evening.
The Blues were held to a 1-1 draw in Dublin after Michy Batshuayi’s opener was cancelled out by trialist Eric Molloy’s late goal.
It was Lampard’s first game after he was appointed at Stamford Bridge following his exit from Derby last week.
“Fitness was our issue, we’ve been working hard on it, even this morning,” Lampard told a press conference after the game.
“Fitness was always going to be an issue against a team that’s halfway through their season. We certainly pushed ourselves to the limit.
“The quicker we get there the better. It’s about individuals getting fit. Some of the young lads were really good. We want to get a level of fitness and intensity in their game.”
Lampard gave Danny Drinkwater the chance to impress from the start – just as he had promised – after the midfielder was frozen out by old boss Mauricio Sarri.
Batshuayi, who had been on loan at Crystal Palace from January, also started and he fired in from close range after eight minutes.
Tiemoue Bakayoko – linked with Arsenal and Manchester United in recent days – and Kurt Zouma featured after their loans last term but Lampard was denied victory following Molloy’s 89th-minute leveller.
“I’ve enjoyed it, we’ve got great support over here. It was a tough game for us, we’ve only been here for a few days. But I’m pleased with how we got on,” Lampard added.
“I’ve been pleased with the players’ attitude since I arrived last week.”
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